Bangladesh XI lost the practice game to New Zealand XI at the Cobham Oval today.
Mashrafe won the toss and elected to bat first. Bangladesh XI stumbled quite early as Tamim Iqbal departed scoring only 1 but after that Soumya and Kayes held the grip. Bangladesh innings was interfered by rain just after Tamim’s departure and umpires had to curtail 7 overs from each innings. Soumya showed the promises of coming back from his bad patch in his 40 runs innings but unfortunately couldn’t make it to fifty. After Kayes’ departure on 36, Mahmudullah and Soumya put a decent partnership. Mahmudullah played a confident knock of 43 runs and retired eventually to give opportunity to other batsmen. At the middle order, Mushfiq was phenomenal and scored 45 runs in just 41 balls.
Bangladesh crossed the 200 mark in just 35 overs with 6 wickets in hand. Despite this, the expected storm at the end was absent due to the collapse of set batsmen Mushfiq and Sabbir. Tanveer Hayder was showing some promises to score quick runs but got run out in a follow-through of a misunderstanding. Mashrafe tried to pull up the run rate at the last over and Bangladesh XI finally managed to score 245 runs.
New Zealand XI also lost their first wicket earlier and Fizz struck first when they were on 6. After that, Smith and Popli put together a rigid 88 runs partnership with a good strike rate. Shakib al Hasan picked them both and pulled Bangladesh XI in the game. After that, they have lost some quick wickets and Bangladeshi bowlers dominated strongly at that phase of the match. However, Horne held his sway during that moment and scored unbeaten 60 runs. Hampton accompanied him nicely with his crucial cameo of 29 runs.
However, Bangladesh can gain some confidence from this match as Mustafiz is back and bowled seven overs. He also took two wickets. Soumya showed the hint of regaining form and Rubel Hossain also bowled consistently all over the match.
Bangladesh will face New Zealand in the first ODI at Christchurch on 26 December. The match will start at 4 AM Bangladesh time.